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God uses prayer to encourage us, equip us, strengthen our faith, and draw us closer to Him. It is foundational to our faith and to our ministry. Whether we are coming to God in praise and adoration, with gratitude or with a weary heart, He is always there,  urging us to draw near to Him. We invite you to be make prayer a part of your daily life, and we would like to encourage and equip you to step into the presence God and experience the joy that comes from communing with Him. You will forever be changed!

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June 26, 2015

God – Our Refuge

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

Is there an area in your life where you need to run to the Father for protection, help, or security? Seek the Lord! Go to Him in your time of need. Flee to Him for protection from the fiery darts the enemy sends your way.

Praise God as your refuge today. He keeps us safe in the storms of life. He keeps us from danger and gives us strength for our journey. He is worthy to be praised!

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
 will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
 my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. – Psalm 91:1-4

 

June 19, 2015

Encouragement is part of the ministry of prayer. God uses us to bring joy, hope, and comfort to those around us in need. Read these words from Philippians.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2

As you pray this week, ask the Lord to bring someone to mind that you should encourage. Send a note of encouragement this week and share the hope and joy of the Lord with them. Let them know you have prayed for them, share a verse of Scripture that God brings to mind.

June 12, 2015

Praise for God’s Divine Providence

One of the many attributes of God is His Sovereignty. God is in control. He is Lord over all things, has power over all things, and is not limited in any way. Nothing is outside of God’s influence or authority. Knowing this should cause us to praise God! He is ruler over all and because of this He alone has the power to act on our behalf. God uses us in prayer to draw us closer to Him and His character and to accomplish His sovereign purpose.

So this week as you pray for your needs and the needs of others, think about who you are praying to – God – the almighty, all-powerful, ruler of the Universe! This should put praise on your lips and gratitude in your heart!

Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17

June 5, 2015

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. – Max Lucado

Regarding prayer Jesus said …

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then like this:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:5-15

May 29, 2015

What is intercession? It is God’s method for involving His followers more completely in the totality of His plan. In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer. –The Hour That Changes the World, Dick Eastman

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people … – 1 Timothy 2:1

Go to our church Prayer Wall (hyper link to prayer wall) and spend time praying for the needs of others.

Also, be in prayer for our mission teams serving in Swaziland and Madagascar this week.

 

May 22, 2015

Thank God for His Steadfast love

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning;
 great is your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23

Father, thank You for the never-ending care You show to Your people. I pray that You would manifest Your steadfast love in the hearts and lives of those with needs this week. Would you bring healing, hope, and help to those who are struggling with illnesses. Would You bring comfort and peace to those who have lost loved ones. And by the power of Your Word and the presence of Your Holy Spirit, would You show Yourself mighty in these situations. I ask that You display mercy where it is needed, strength in the struggles, and the grace to sustain them through the times of doubt and fear. Thank You for Your sovereign care over Your people. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

May 15, 2015

Give God Thanks in Prayer

The Eternal is the source of my strength and the shield that guards me.
 When I learn to rest and truly trust Him, He sends His help. This is why my heart is singing! I open my mouth to praise Him, and thankfulness rises as song.  – Psalm 28:7 (The Voice)

To be thankful to God in your heart is one thing, but to voice those thoughts and pronounce them aloud is all together different. It is in raising our voices to God and thanking Him, even before the request has been answered, that we show our dependence on God and true belief that He can do anything!

What are you thankful for today? A grateful heart is not a fearful heart; it is a trusting heart!

Make a “Thankful List” this week. As you do you will guard your heart for battle and tune your heart with a song of joy!

 

May 8, 2015

P.A.C.E. yourself in prayer this week. – Adrian Rogers


Praise
God for who He is.

Accept what God has for you today.

Commit your day to Him.

Expect God to work in your life.

May 1, 2015

Natl Day Prayer 2015_150x150National Day of Prayer is a day set aside to pray for America.

The Prayer Ministry at Warren is hosting an interactive prayer experience this year from sunup to sundown on Thursday, May 7.

Sign up for a 15-minute time slot by clicking here and bring your family, co-workers, neighbors, or friends and journey through seven prayer stations in the Garden at Warren.

A prayer guide will be provided to lead you through this hands-on experience. You will not be asked to pray aloud with others, instead you will walk through multiple activities to make your time of prayer meaningful and impactful.

Stations include: Writing on the wall of praise, creating a thanksgiving tree, placing your burdens at the cross, community, state, national, and international emphasis, and more. This is an event that you will want to share with your entire family!

April 24, 2015

God is accessible.

Deuteronomy 4:7: What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we prayer to him? 

Our God is easily reached. He is near. Many times we fail to draw near to the Father and commune with Him in prayer. Instead we try to handle things on our own. This is actually a sign of pride signifying self-reliance rather than dependency on God.

As you pray this week think about these questions:

  • Are you thankful for His desire to come near to you?
  • Have you thanked Him lately for always being there?
  • Do you need to confess any areas of self-reliance to the Lord?

As you pray ask the Lord to come near to those you know and fulfill every need they have by His power and presence.

April 17, 2015

Pray Without CeasingPray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

This verse exhorts us to pray continually. It reminds us that prayer needs to become a way of life for us. As we go about our day, we should do so in an attitude of prayer.

As we learn to “pray continually” we learn the lesson that we need to be “poor in spirit.” In other words, we need to be continually dependent upon God. The result is that prayer becomes as natural for us as breathing.

We must have air to live, and we must have prayer to live!

Acts 17:28 says it this way …

In Him we live and move and have our being.

Everything must begin and end with God. He doesn’t need us to pray for His sake; He wants us to pray for our own sake

A.W. Pink puts it this way …

Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude – an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.

What is your attitude about prayer?

Do you need prayer like you need air?

Show your dependency on God by communing with Him throughout your day and as you do, pray for those you know who need God’s hand of provision for their situation.

April 10

Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:22-25

Praise God for …

  • Jesus, your High Priest.
  • His purity and holiness
  • The precious blood that was shed on the cross by Jesus
  • The gift of Jesus as your King of Kings and Lord of Lords

Thank God for …

  • Being a faithful promise keeper
  • The assurance of your salvation
  • The shed blood of Christ Jesus
  • His love that is in you
  • The encouragement from other believers 

Ask God to …

  • Prepare you for the week ahead
  • Empower you through the Holy Spirit to speak boldly about Him to others with humble and gentle love
  • Use you as an instrument of encouragement, reconciliation, and peace this week 

Blessings,

Jacqueline Heider

Director of Women’s Ministry, Prayer, and Resource Specialist

April 3, 2015

So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” – Genesis 22:14

God is Jehovah-jireh …

Inherent with this name and character of God is His desire to provide for His people. In the Hebrew jireh means “to see.” When paired with the covenant name of God, Jehovah, this name literally means that Jehovah will see to it. He sees and foresees. He is omniscient; He sees our beginning and our end, and He makes provision for us in light of who He is.

God provided us with a perfect sacrifice through His Son, Jesus. God saw us in our sin and made the perfect provision for us. As we celebrate the Easter season, think about Jesus as God’s perfect provision for you and for me. What does this mean to you?

What does this mean to you in prayer?

It means that you can rest in the fact that Jehovah-jireh will see to your need. He will provide for your needs, plan your way, make a way, and take care of you. Just as He provided for your salvation, planned for it and made a way for it through Christ. Isn’t that a comforting reality?

God will see to it. He will see to you. Think about that as you pray for the needs of yourself and others this week. Jehovah, the self-existent, covenant keeping God, promises to make the best way and provide in the best way for those who are His. Pray confidently and take refuge in this comforting character of God. 

And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

March 27, 2015

Read these words of Jesus prior to his crucifixion in John 17:15-19 …

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Confession is an important part of prayer. Just as Jesus cleansed the temple in Matthew 21:12-17, believers must cleanse themselves as the Holy Spirit of God now resides in our bodies. As Easter approaches take time this week to reflect on the perfection of Christ and the imperfections of man. In light of who Jesus is, what confession do you need to make to the Father in order to be pure, holy and blameless before Him?

David wrote a beautiful Psalm of confession in Psalm 51. Pray this Psalm to the Lord inserting your name. Then ask God to show you any specific un-confessed sins that need to be brought before Him.

Ask God:

  • Are my eyes seeing anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Are my ears hearing anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Is my mouth saying anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Are my hands doing anything that is not pleasing to You?
  • Are my thoughts and attitudes in line with You?

March 20, 2015

Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29

The Word of God is the fulcrum upon which the lever of prayer is placed, and by which things are mightily moved. There would seem to be in prayer the capacity for going even beyond the Word, of getting even beyond His promise, into the very presence of God, Himself. –E.M. Bounds

Do you use God’s Word as you pray? The following verses are wonderful to pray back to God. Use these in your prayer time this week or find some on your own. Discover the power the Word of God has to affect the way you pray and the way God responds.

  • Lord, help _________ dwell in the shelter of the Most High and find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
  • God give _________ the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of You, enlighten the eyes of ___________’s heart so _____________ may know what is the hope to which You have called him/her. Ephesians 1:17-18
  • Lord, I pray that ________ would be rooted and established in Your love, and that __________ would have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge so that _________ may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
  • Lord, would you direct ___________’s heart to the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

March 13, 2015

This Godhis way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30

As you pray this week remember that God is perfect, and His ways are perfect. He keeps His word, and He shields His people. Because of this you can praise God for who He is and thank Him for all that He allows to touch your life. Whether you are in a place of rest and peace, in a time of illness or distress, or in a time of waiting and wondering, God’s ways are still perfect. He is able to shield you from the enemy, from negative thinking, and from fear and doubt if you will come to Him for refuge and relief. Remember that God does not always respond to us as we see fit but rather in His perfect way, always drawing us to Himself.

This week as you pray …

  • Praise God for who He is!
  • Ask God to help you or someone you know seek His perfect way in a current situation.
  • Turn to God and allow Him to shield you as you take refuge in Him.

Blessings,

Jacqueline Heider